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it a hate crime. >> and it was a big attraction to the u.s. women's soccer team was a big win to send them to the world cup finals. >> and big changes that could be ahead for casey anthony when she gets out of jail in four days. >> absolutely not taking the children out of their home. >> plus, should obese children be taken away from their parents for protection? a controversial topic drawing a lot of attention. woman: saving for our child's college fund was getting expensive. man: yes it was. so to save some money, we taught our 5 year old how to dunk. woman: scholarship! woman: honey go get him. anncr: there's an easier w!t to save. get online. go to geico.com. get a quote. 15 minutes could save you 15% or more on car insurance. >> a new commentary in the country's leading medical journal is sparking a controversy among parents. >> it's as parents of extremely obese children should lose custody of their children. >> the question is whether they should lose custody for not controlling their child's weight. the child would be placed in foster care were the doctors believe they
of the people who cover, and making a big difference within the community. the walls are starting to come down. >> the police chief announced one effort that will take place this summer, dubbed a call in to the gangs. >> they will be offered services, opportunities to get out of the gang and community assistance if they so choose. >> saturday, city leaders will try to get guns off the streets by holding a gun buy back, offering $100 for the first 75 firearms turned into police. >> and time is running out in the search for seven men still missing after their fishing boat cap sized. the families of two men have now set up their own command center in the dining room of one home. we're now live. >> and you know there is good news tonight. just a moment ago, we learned the coast guard has agreed to continue searching for the men, tomorrow morning in, their specially equipped aircraft. the decision as the result of a full court press by folks gathered today to keep the search and their hope alive. >> we need our dad to come home. we need our uncles and sons to come home. now, at this point, we need
of the united states of america. and the craziest part -- >> the u.n. wants to spend a big chunk of that money on things that have nothing to do with climate change in third world countries. stuart varney is here to weigh in on this. so where does this come from? where does the money come from and where would they like to see it go? >> where do you want to start on this one? this shows you how totally out of wack the global warming community is with american public opinion. what the u.n. says is this -- we need $1.9 trillion each and every year for 40 years in order to solve the climate problem worldwide and to reduce poverty and hunger worldwide. so they're bringing in poverty and hunger along with climate change. >> it's not all green. it's poverty, hunger and everything else. >> but you cannot eradicate poverty and hunger without going green because if you don't go green, you increase poverty and hunger. you got it? >> so where is this money expected to come from and how much is coming from the united states? >> ok, we contribute 22% of the united nations budget so theoretically, if this
's charged with felony murder and felony child neglect. >>> big shake-up tonight in prince georges county politics. leslie johns season stepping down from her county council seat. she handed in her resignation letter today. it comes just five days after she pleaded guilty of destroying evidence in a federal corruption probe. chris gord season live in upper marlboro with more on the fallout today. chris? >> the prince georges county council unanimously is calling on leslie to resign effectively, not as of the end of the month. as the council session began, leslie johnson said just three words, good morning, present. then mrs. johnson left, issuing a statement through her lawyer, saying after careful thought and consideration, i tendered my resignation this morning as a member of the prince georges county council for district six, effective july 31st, 2011, the last day before august recess. i apologize for my mistake. last thursday, leslie johnson pleaded guilty to charges of witness and evidence tampering. she admitted to conspireing with her husband, former prince gornls county executive
in the rear-view mirror and here's this big tree that had fallen down behind him. >> reporter: in so many cases, seconds or even feet made all the difference. the winds are estimated between 60 and 70 miles per hour during that storm in arlington, and what's made it difficult for the power crews is that they had 14 utility poles that had to be repaired or replaced. in addition, they are working in 70 different locations to try and restore power. while it's been difficult for the people here to be without electricity, a lot of them say, look, when you see the tornado damage in a place like joplin, missouri, this is nothing. in arlington, sherri ly, fox 5 news. >>> we're following a developing story in montgomery county, maryland tonight. police are investigating a near drowning in german town. a man was playing with a remote controlled boat in gunner's lake around 7:00 p.m. the boat stalled and the man went into the water to get the boat but couldn't make it back to shore and went under. he's in the hospital in serious condition. >>> the fate of casey anthony is now in the hands of the jur
us, be prepared to be patient. >> reporter: one day before the big show, robby matthew and his wife grabeled with a map trying to plan their fourth of july. >> we have to figure out what we have to do and what time to be there. >> reporter: the couple flew in from the caribbean to see the concert and parade and fireworks. >> please take public transportation if at all possible. >> reporter: officials say don't even think about driving. take metro. but be prepared to walk because the smithsonian station will be closed. >> i'm going to avoid the mall like the plague. >> reporter: just the thought of it is enough to keep locals like jessie away. >> crowds, the metro, getting back on is always absolutely insane, like four million people trying to get back on the metro at the same time. >> reporter: others say they are going to stake out their spot early. >> we're going to sit probably on the grass around one of the monuments. >> reporter: if you are planning on a picnic, the park service has banned certain items. >> because of safety concerns with large clouds, no grill, glass bottle or
the forecast. wall street rallied. a big bucket of cold water was poured on wall street and the economy with the lackluster jobs. >> the economy added an average of 215,000 jobs per month in the previous three months so the anticipation was there. and it showed a stand still in june. what is it about june, do we know what happen? >> it's not just june. they went back and revised downward the prior month. they thought they had 57,000 jobs in may. it turned out it was 25,000. they got rid of it -- they revised away 45,000 additional jobs. we think there have been temporary blips in the economy, the greek situation, storms all through the south you were reporting on. you've had high gas prices and a whole lot of other things have been happening and that caused the economy to come to a stand still and hiring come to a stand still in may and june. we hope that's the case. >> you want to bring up an important thing that a lot of people don't hear about. you call it the real unemployment rate, the ratio of unemployed, discouraged workers and people working part time because they can't find ful
. >> reporter: for many this is an annual ritual. for others it is their first time in washington for the big celebration. >> i have always wanted to come to washington, d.c. and this was my chance and i -- so excited. i have never been here. the history. i wanted to see and it the museums. just -- can't wait to -- very exciting to be here. >> reporter: security is tight this year because of concerns about possible terrorism. police have cordoned off the national mall. you can't just walk up and stake your claim. everyone must pass lou one of the security checkpoints. >> there's going to be difficult levels of searches that may take place. robust security plan in place. a real estate event. >> reporter: and they open those checkpoints at about 10:00 this morning. and there's a little bit of a wait as some of the police officers are going lou some of the items like coolers things and to make sure there is month alcohol or anything that's prohibited. brought on to the grounds here of the washington monument. by and large things are running smoothly. and as the crowd goes and we go on in to the
at the world cup, giving a nation battered by natural disaster and nuclear calamities a big reason to smile, "today," july 18th, nuclear calamities a big reason to smile, "today," july 18th, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> from nbc news, this is "today," with matt lauer and ann curry. live, from studio 1-a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and welcome today on this monday morning, i'm ann curry. >> and i'm lester holt in for matt. i think we both watched that match yesterday. you've got to feel good about the u.s. team. we were disappointed, but what a performance they put on and what a great thing they did for american soccer. >> that's right. for women's soccer, particularly, bringing it to a new level of cool. men and boys, women and girls, nationwide, watching them play. i think that they're winners in that regard. >> and the japanese certainly have something to feel good about after a rough year. and i love the fact they thanked the world for the support they have had. >> and they continue to thank, actually, after every game. so it's a pretty exciting bit. >>> in the m
the big fireworks show they're getting ready for on monday. two concerts on the steps of the capitol, also at the washington monument. but from coast to coast, we're talking beaches and barbecues and camping and celebration. july 1st and the 2011 great escape is on. ♪ hot fun in the summertime >> reporter: from yosemite in the west. >> i like the girls the best. >> reporter: aaa says 39 million americans will travel 59 miles or more this long weekend. that's 1 million fewer than last year. >> reporter: you can blame the pain at pump. the national average for unleaded now $3.54 a gallon, down from the high of $3.98 on may 4th. but still 80 cents higher than a year ago. >> it's still tough because we're still kind of transitioning from how high the gas prices were so we've got in the habit of not traveling as much. >> reporter: the big surprise? while fewer people are driving than a year ago, more people are flying. air travel is up 9% this summer. >> for some people, it actually may be more convenient and cheaper to fly than to drive this year. >> reporter: and airline ticket prices are a
're planning to head to the national mall for the big show, there are a few things you need to know. how you can get there, what you can bring and what you shouldn't try to brig. will thomas is live on the mall with the latest. >> reporter: the crowds are starting to build. if coming down, my recommendation, go for it. there is not a bad view on the national mall of the fireworks, but i can show you the best view. let's roll the videotape. that is the base of the washington monument facing the lincoln memorial. the fireworks are set off near the reflecting pool which happens to be under construction. let me remind you what you can't bring in past the security perimeter. no alcohol, nothing that would be considered a weapon like knives, i think the rest is obvious. and they're also asking that you don't bring tents, although i am seeing some erected here. we're not sure if they're going to let them stay up through the fireworks and this is that sample of the folks who came early to review the fireworks beginning at 9:10 tonight j. we're hearing about the fireworks on the mall and thought it w
and a lot of people aren't, the dow and the s&p 500 had a big turn outyesterday. snapped a five-day losing streak v winning streak. sorry. >> this is what happened. the end of june was spectacular. the markets rallied all last week. you weren't here. we were talking about how markets were going up, up, up, up and up. yesterday, that camey to halt and the dow and s&p 500 finished lower. the nasdaq got that nine-point gain. there you go. that was thanks to shares of netflix. >> let's talk about something else. june jobs report is also coming out. what can we look forward to on that. >> we are expecting about 100,000 jobs to have been created in june. we'll find out what the unemployment rate is also. that is expected to stay steady at 9.1%. on big jobs weeks, it is what everybody talks about leading up to friday. we talk about it for days on end and it finally happens at 8:30 every friday morning and we'll see a big reaction in the markets based on what happens if it surprises in a good way or bad way. >> let's talk about something i to know about and movies. netflix rallied 8% to an all- ti
. >>> the white house is getting ready for its big debt ceiling summit later today. this morning we are leshing what both sides will be bringing to the bargaining table. good morning, i'm eun yang. >> good morning, i'm joe krebs. it's thursday, the 7th day of july, take a look outside this morning. humid already. 73 degrees. at 6:00. tom is here for a look at our forecast for today. another summer day. >> we've had some fog quickly forming here over the last few minutes, and it's rather thick. in fact there's the view from the tower camera 300 feet up. i just went out and looked at the tower and the top of the tower disappears into the fog. that's the view from 300 feet elevation of the tower from our sky watcher camera, trying to find the sun. it is up now. there's a clear sky over the fog. and we have temperatures in the low and mid 70s flout much of the region. right now, 74 at reagan national. and you can see that light fog and haze over the potomac river. now, we ought to have some sunshine. by midmorning and the fog should be pretty much gone and we'll be near 80 midmorning. and near 90 b
, and maria. big congratulations to all of them. >> great to see that. al has the morning off. let's get the weather al has the morning off. let's get the weather from maria la rosa. what's the holiday forecast of you know what, a great july 4th for a lot of people, a typical july day. some showers and thunderstorms expected across the tennessee, ohio valleys, parts of the southeast as well and across the west, lots of sunshine. let's see how it's going to impact fireworks displays tonight. your evening forecast showing a few areas of showers and thunderstorms again in the tennessee southeast, tennessee valley in the southeast, also the northern plains. of course the big shork the macy's fireworks tonight temperatures should be 80 degrees with clear skies. that's a look at weather across the country. here is what you can expect. >> here is the sky over the mall. quite a bit of cloudiness, a little sunshine beginning to break out. by 9:00 near 80 and upper 80s near 90 by midafternoon, a little sun. late afternoon into the evening unfortunately we do the possibility of passing thunderstorm
's casey anthony released shortly after midnight. last night -- night before last. the big question now is where did she go? >> right, where is she? >> where did she go? we know that after the courthouse right there, they went in a series of cars over to a parking garage where her attorney was. next thing you know, we don't know. >> possibly the old switch-a-roo there. >> she's facing the possibility of some lawsuits so she can't completely disappear so we may see her popping up again. right now, we don't know where she is and that's incredible really when you think about the amount of attention that this has gotten and that everyone knows what she looks like. >> it was amazing. had to go through some precautions. for a woman without a budget, it's amazing the amount of money we were spending on her, her safetyher future for now anyway or maybe somebody is keeping a tab because she probably will be coming into some money soon. they called up her parents and said do us a favor, show up at the hotel, excuse me, at the prison, and go -- and be a good decoy for the press who are going t
big problems. the rainy weather forced 170,000 people to evacuate. mud slides damaged a bridge, the heavy rain affected traffic in some areas are expected to get even more rain. check this out, look at these clouds hanging over colorado. heavy rains, hail, beating up adams county, leaving a trail of ice balls and water puddles alongsides of the roads. cold front moved in earlier this week setting the stage for severe summer storms. >> now, maryland's most powerful doppler radar and the forecast certified most accurate by weather rate. >> jamie, one of those days you sit on the deck, ac, you have to go where the ac is. 92 degrees right now, but the humidity is off the chart. the dew point values are up around 70. sticky, sticky conditions out there. no question about that. hazy sunshine the story most of the day here in charm city. a few clouds bellow up later in the afternoon. for the most part, we stayed clear out the frederick way, just more of that hot, hazy sunshine and similar scenario in annapolis. let's take a look at maryland's most powerful radar right now and bottom
that and if that is going to be a problem for and you you have big plans on side. why wouldn't you, after all and to come back early and often. just so you know, they haven't made a big deal out of this, but there is an area around southern florida into the southern part of the gulf of mexico i don't think that is going to abe problem for us. that could be one of the things we have to watch for the next too days and some clouds out there. an isolated thunderstorm is possible at 7:00 and not probable. 86 degrees, muggy tonight at 9:00 and muggate 11:00. and i should -- muggy at 11:00. i should tell you, too, at any time this evening, we could have a pop-up storm or shower here and there and that is not probable but could happen, the winds out of the south- southwest at about 5 to 10 miles per hour. one think this we will see the next few days, starting really tomorrow and tomorrow afternoon and evening, the rain chances will increase. we'll have storms tomorrow, showers, too, and as we go through friday now, it looks like we're going have rain and some clouds. this is the temperature trend. for tomorrow,
night. >> a big gust of wind came out of nowhere. try to turn around and stay home, get to my house and find two large oaks, one crushed my wife's car. >> national weather service says a macro burst touched down just after 6:20 with wind gusts up to 70 miles an hour. >> i heard a terrible noise. i thought it was lightning, but the next thing i know, all these branches were in my living room. >> a couple close calls. walked away from us, we're okay. >> i'm scott broom in whites ferry, maryland. abandoned camping equipment, bicycle parts, and discarded first aid supplies. neil reich was hit and killed by a falling tree by storms early sunday evening. >> that's too bad because everyone out here is having a good time. >> like a lot of people you meet on the trail, reich was on a long distance overnight trip when they were caught in the weather. reich was putting on rain gear, his friend had just pedal add short distance away, both were a long shelter away. rescuers used an atv and used chain saws, he died at the scene. >> scott, thank you. some more very sad news this independence
a controversial last choice option to end the stalemate. >>> how big was it? word this morning the number of possible victims involved in that hacking scandal in britain could be in the thousands. this morning one celebrity who says he was a target, hugh grant, speaks out in a live interview. >>> and we need aboat. a huge 18-foot-long saltwater crocodile leaps out of the river to the delight and terror of tourists. and the photographer who took the picture says it's no croc d the picture says it's no croc d day. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> i'm ann curry. boy, the gloves are off in washington. the move could be more today because the president and top congressional leaders are going to go back to the negotiating table yet again. >> that's right. the republicans were not at all happy with the president's comment on tuesday. now senator mitch mcconnell has offered that last chance option. we're going to tell you what he is offering straight ahead. >>> also this morning matt, it was a deadly cras
in the master bedroom. >> we had a branch probably -- several of them about this big come out of our trees. it just was whooshing around and stuff last night. >> it turned black outside and there was tremendous noise. and i think all of the trees fell at the same time. >> reporter: mary green lost quite a few trees in her backyard, and lost her oak in the front. she is now dealing with damage to some of her windows and gutters, but luckily the structure appears okay. where do you begin when you have this kind of mess in your yard? >> i don't know, it took 911 a while to get here, and the insurance company -- it took hours to get through to the insurance company, as well. and today is a holiday, so they won't get back to us until tomorrow. >> we called insurance, the tree removal company. but i guess with all of the damage, we're not sure how soon they'll be out here. >> reporter: since thousands are still in the dark, neighbors took to the streets taking pictures and surveying damage, and many are already looking forward to the rest of their 4th of july, trying to figure out how that's goi
>>> well, we are just a day away from the big capitol 4th concert and fireworks down on the national mall. if you don't want the deal with the crowds go down today. >> new rules for the nations air traffic controllers how the faa is trying to keep them awake at work after several scary incidents including one here at regan national. >>> early morning thunderstorms may have woken you up well before your alarm clock the nasty weather has moved out but we are not totally in the clear. good morning den. >> good morning storms started grumbling early in the morning hours. we are not in the clear. let's begin with a look at radar and show you with a is going on now. you can see our fox 5 live doppler radar, you can see where the rain has pushed its way to the south. lower southern maryland dealing with some of it a lot of areas east to the ocean. things are unsettled we have a frontal system we are dealing with. to our maps now, where you see temperatures right now, we are into the 70s everywhere across the area. low 70s. but we will heat up into the course of the afternoon
where that big window is. i hot footed it into the hall as fast as i could go. and it missed my car. >> reporter: a night of fireworks this year on the 3rd of july. >> reporter: back live showing you one of the examples of power issues. as for the dress rehearsal for the concert, it went on as planned. but without an audience. capitol police trying to close the west front of the u.s. capitol tonight as a precaution because of the uncertain weather. >> don't want to take chances. bob barnard thank you. >>> a fire at a church sent one firefighter to the hospital and caused thousands of dollars in damage. the firefighter was hurt battling the flames here in marvin chapel methodist church. flames were seen shooting through the roof when emergency crews arrived. they believe a lightning strike is responsible for starting the fire. we spoke with several people who said yes, our church is small, but has a large impact in the community. >> i'm hoping that we will rebuild, and serve the community. and i'm sure we will. we don't giver up easily. >> ma
for big businesses. >> if everybody else is willing to take on their sacred cows, i think it would be hard for the republicans to stand there and say that the tax break for corporate jets is sufficiently important. >> reporter: republican senator john cornyn fired back. >> what i'm concerned about is the president by not seriously putting a proposal forward but rather just criticizing those who have, will run it up against the deadline. >> reporter: meanwhile the people vying for the president's jobber were also hard at work this weekend. former utah governor jon huntsman barn stormed in new hampshire, which hosts the nation's first primary. minnesota representative michele bachmann was out in full force in iowa, six weeks ahead of the state's straw poll. she is running neck and neck with presumed front runner mitt romney, according to a recent state poll, and this weekend she tried to build on that nmomentu. lesser known candidate businessman herman cain, also tried to shore up support in the hawk why state, stumping at a godfather pizza, the company he used to run. the seoul african-amer
that it couldn't pass. courthouse have any idnew ideas >> reporter: they're pushing for the big deal, a lot of pain at one, entitle tks. president obama outlined the plan and said, you can't expect seniors to give up $500 when you went own ask for $5 from people like me. wealthy individuals. >> jon, the leader mitchell mcconnell is looking at a contingency plan which could be a short-term extension. >> reporter: he's tight-lipped about what they mean. they could give him a chance to accept that which he ruled out or one with no tax increases. >> the president very clear on that. >> reporter: he said he's not signing any short-term plans. the debt ceiling needs to be raised until 2013. he will not sign what mcconnell is talking about. >> 2 2 days to go. thank you very much. >>> the republican presidential nomination, kind of shippings to michele bachmann and that is bringing scrutiny ross ron maintained undersaavedra available that bachmann owns about her husband and shows staff trying to turn a gay person straight. this kind of conversion is something that they deny doing. >> these new unde
demanding no deal on the debt without big cuts. >> we're here because the american people told us overwhelmingly, cut the spending, cut the debt. >> reporter: in fact, americans are divided. 55% of the usa today poll said spend ning is problem, 55% in the nbc news poll said not hiking the debt ceiling is a serious problem. president obama says both issues could get fixed by the gang of six. more than 50 senators from both political parties attended today's gang of six meeting up here. that's a positive sign. now, getting the details worked out in time to beat the august 2nd deadline, that is plan a. >>> robert gates has signed a two-book deal. the publishing group says gates agreed to write a memoir and a work on leadership. gates stepped down july 1st after serving as defense second for 4.5 years, he was first hired by george w. bush and continued serving under president obama. >>> new york city's going to hold a lottery for couples who want to get married on sunday. it's the first day same sex marriages will be legal there. lawmakers approved gay marriage last month. couples can
? >>> plus our big city crowd has gone a bit country this morning for one of the hottest acts around. blake shelton. look at that crowd. the cma's male vocalist of the year takes over our summer concert stage in the 8:30 half-hour. >>> first let's begin with this fatal fall at a baseball game. kim fisher from kxas the nbc station in dallas is at the rangers ballpark in arlington. kim, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, ann. everyone out here is simply in shock over what happened here last night. it started off as a typical play. josh hamilton, snagged a foul ball, he went to toss it up into the stands. but it is what happened in the seconds after that that simply shocked everyone. 39-year-old shannon stone who had come to the game with his son, reached out to grab that ball and he fell over the railing. now some of the people who were around did try to grab him but they just couldn't do it as he fell over. he did fall 20 feet but what we understand is that he was coherent while he was down there talking with paramedics, asking about his son, making sure his son was okay. some of the f
for that big deal, grand bargain, seem all but lost right now. now the hope is that congress can pass a dramatically scaled-back version before the country runs out of cash. taking his case public for the second time in a week, president obama accused republicans of failing to crops. >> the problem is members of congress are dug in ideologically into various positions because they boxed themselves in with previous statements. >> reporter: with the clock ticking towards what the president described as armageddon, the first financial default in american history, they hold out hope that a big deal could still be struck. >> but in order to do that we've got to get started now. that's why i'm expecting some answers from all the congressional leaders. and sometime in the next couple of days. >> reporter: for the first time, the president publicly said he's considering asking wealthier seniors in medicare to pay more out of pocket. today in his weekly address mr. obama suspended that stance. >> simply put, it will take a balanced approach, shared sacrifice, and a willingness to make unpopula
as the crime scene becomes an overnight shrine to caylee. >> this morning, all the big exclusives, reaction from casey's parents, a juror gives us his extraordinary theory and the womoman who made this case r personal mission, casey anthony's biggest critic comes out swinging. >> the devil is dancing tonight. >> nancy grace joins us live. >>> and you're looking at the memorial site where little caylee's body was found. so many people flocking here to remember the little girl who disappeared more than three years ago. the little girl who never saw her third birthday. for most of these last three years her mother was the prime suspect in her death, but yesterday the jury here in orlando found her not guilty. good morning, america. i'm george stephanopoulos here in orlando. >> and i'm elizabeth vargas here in new york sitting in for robin and, george, emotions are running so high. the trial riveted the nation and casey anthony's parents left the courtroom as soon as the verdict was announced but what do they really think? we will talk to the attorney for george and cindy anthony in just a few
. they say the kids were marching under this tree when that limb, that very big and heavy limb without notice without warning came tumbling down on top of them. >> one minute everything's fine and the next a tree just comes tumbling down. >> it was the people's church summer vacation bible camp. 25 kids of all different ages. >> we do have some serious injuries. two older people, two adult males had some pretty significant injuries, we would say priority one, they were taken to local trauma centers, the three kids, several other kids were evaluated. we transported three kids, they have fairly serious injuries, nonlife threatening. >> reporter: everybody is expected to be okay. the people's church vacation bible camp, every day they do something different. today it was fun in the park, tomorrow it's roller skating day. no trees there. back to you. >> let's hope that will be a little safer for them. thank you. >>> now to fairfax county, where part of braddock road is closed. police are on the scene investigating a deadly crash. it happened just before 3:00 this afternoon on braddock road. one p
, it made taxpayer-funded bailouts illegal, so taxpayers don't have to foot the bill if a big bank goes under. second, it said to wall street firms, you can't take the same kind of reckless risks that led to the crisis. and third, it put in place the stronger -- the strongest consumer protections in history. now, to make sure that these protections worked - so ordinary people were dealt with fairly, so they could make informed decisions about their finances - we didn't just change the law. we changed the way the government did business. for years, the job of protecting consumers was divided up in a lot of different agencies. so if you had a problem with a mortgage lender, you called one place. if you had a problem with a credit card company, you called somebody else. it meant there were a lot of people who were responsible, but that meant nobody was responsible. and we changed that. we cut the bureaucracy and put one consumer watchdog in charge, with just one job -- looking out for regular people in the financial system. now, this is an idea that i got from elizabeth warren, who i firs
of casey anthony's defense, that was the big question. would she take the stand? the jury hear from perhaps the only person who knows what happened to her daughter. >> you understand that your decision to testify or not testify is solely your decision and your decision alone? >> yes, sir. >> reporter: but first one last critical witness for the defense. crystal holloway, the woman who claimed she had a brief affair with casey's father. >> was this an intimate relationship? >> yes. >> reporter: george anthony admits they were friends but denies they were anything more and he also denies what has become the cornerstone of the defense, that he, caylee's grandfather, knew this was not a murder at all. >> he had said it was an accident that snowballed out of control but i was in shock. >> reporter: the defense claims caylee died in a swimming pool accident and granddad george helped dispose of the body the same way he buried household pets over the years. >> when you found out that your granddaughter was found with a blanket and with a plastic bag and with duct tape, did you tele law enforcement
of a big bipartisan meeting on the looming debt crisis. brian mooar is on capitol hill now with more on this. brian? >> hey there, jim. those twitter messages are limited to 140 characters, but the tweeter in chief was allowed to go a little bit longer. >> here's a tweet. >> from the whitehouse, president obama hosted the first-ever twitter town hall. a question and answer session that started with a hardball. >> what mistakes have you made in handling this recession, and what would you do differently? >> one would have been to explain to the american people that it was going to take a while for us to get out of this. >> reporter: the white house says the questions were both written and chosen by twitter users. >> our next question comes from someone you may know. this is speaker boehner. >> oh, there you go. >> after embarking on a record spending binge that left us deeper in debt, where are the jobs? >> what he's right about is that we have not seen fast enough job growth relative to the need. >> reporter: the twitter town hall came on the eve of a white house debt ceiling showdown
-brand designers had had excess inventory they were trying to get rid of. >> reporter: today, big names are banking on flash sales. this year, nordstrom brought a flash site, and amazon is the founder of i-habit. flash sales may be a new shopping trend for consumers, but the marketing tactics are old-school. >> first of all, urgency, the fact you might have to make the deal in a hurry. second is scarcity on some of the sites, at least many of the sites. that you know there's a limited quantity available. the third, for some of the sites, is exclusivity, which basically indicates some of them are members-only sites. >> reporter: some things to look out for before making a flash purchase. you might be able to get the same deal or better price somewhere else. find out how much shipping costs. it may cost more than the deal is worth to you. if you're considering a travel flash sale, make sure you know who is actually providing the services. know the privacy policy associated with the information you give to the flash site. and understand the return policy. they may not take the product back. jacobs say
, sunday, and monday. big story, though, just heat and humidity. afternoon highs each day up around 90. and morning lows right near 70 degrees. and throughout the day, you can follow my forecast on twitter, along with the latest weather, science, and nature news. that is the way it looks. aaron? >> all right. thanks a lot, tom. >> okay. >>> still ahead on "news 4 midday," we have seen him grow up on the big screen in the harry potter films. now the actor is admitting to breaking a dangerous habit. >>> and spider bites, most are harmless, but there are dangers you need to be aware of. @@@@@@ú@ >>> together! >> harry potter start daniel radcliffe says no more drinking alcohol. the 21-year-old says he started drinking heavily while filming the sixth harry potter film in 2009 and even became dependent on it to have a good time. he says instead of cutting out, he cut it out altogether, preferring to stay home and read a book. the saga of harry potter ends on thursday with the worldwide premiere of "harry potter and the deathly hallows" part 2, the final movie in the series. >>> thousands o
. >>> and bryce harper is one step closer to the big leagues. the super phenom made his debut with the aa harrisburg senators last night, and he's definitely making his mark. he went 2 for 3 with two singles, a walk, and a run scored in the senators' 8-1 win. harper was playing so well for the single-a hagerstown suns, he skipped the advanced single-a team. a lot of folks in woodbridge upset about that because they're going to miss him. >> he'll be closer to home sooner than later probably. >> time for weather and traffic on the ones. meteorologist tom kierein has a look. >>> we've had heavy clouds in the wake of heavy downpours that just missed the mall last night. thankfully, things did go off as planned for the fireworks display and the concert on the mall. it's rather humid on the mall. temperatures in the mid-70s. near 70 prince george's county, lower eastern shore, and parts of the atlantic beaches. that area has a few lingering showers this morning. those are now dissipating. there is the hazy sky over washington on this tuesday, the 5th day of july. lost in the summer haze there o
of your fox 5 on time traffic. >>> our other big story a commission trying to find out how osama bin laden hid in pakistan for so long, investigators ordered the government to prevent his relatives leaving pakistan without per mix. they may release one of his wives back to yemen three of his wives and several children were detained after the raid two months ago. >> latest to the search for seven american tourists in mexico, survivors of the deadly fishing accident hope their friends can be found. >> it has been more than 65 hours now the mexican navy said they presume people are dead after 96 hours. the search does continue. >>> mix con navy and u.s. coast guard are searching -- mexican navy and u.s. coast guard are searching from the air. >>> if some body spots something they have camera technology they can zoom in on something they would see in the water. >> a tourist boat capsized early sunday morning off the baja california peninsula. passenger and crew were thrown into the water when the boat was tossed during a violent storm. crews from mexico and the u.s. are combing the sea. >>> we
increases on the table. if it comes together it would affect every single american. >> big news. we'll get to that. >>> right away to what's happening for casey anthony. she could go free this morning. abc's ashleigh banfield is in orlando, florida, where she's been tracking every development in the case. good morning to you, ashleigh. >> reporter: hi, elizabeth. of course, 9:00 this morning we'll find out if she stays in jail or walks free. i have news to make for you, as well. she may have a brand-new chapter of legal troubles. the state is going after her for the cost of all that investigative work and the people who searched for her are thinking of suing her for $112,000, as well. all of this while casey was served with a subpoena in jail to appear at a law office in that civil suit against her by that nanny's name who she co-opted but first we have to find out if she's even going to be out of jail. it's casey anthony's 997th day in jail, but it could be one of her last. crowds are expected to flood the protest zone set up at the courthouse. but some were lucky enough to get ticks insi
tonight? >> that's the big question, isn't it? meteorologist doug kammerer is here, he's got the answer. so what about that, doug? >> uh -- that's the hemming and hauing. because we have some storms trying to make their way towards the region of the right now outside, 90 degrees, a very warm 4th of july, a heat index of 93 degrees. that's what you expect this time of year, not much in the way of wind, out of the east at 3 miles per hour. temperatures around the rest of the region, 83 in quantico, 87 in sterling. frederick coming in at 91 degrees. now, on the radar, you notice that area down to the south in the pink, that's a severe thunderstorm watch, that's effect until 10:00, includes spotsylvania county, stafford county, fredricksburg, maryland, charles and calvert county. that severe thunderstorm watch in effect until 10:00. i do think most of the storms -- most of the storms will stay south of 66 and south of 50. so that's very good news for those of you in portions of northern virginia and the rest of maryland and also towards west virginia could see a couple showers. but right no
is on. , another big name changes when it comes to where to build they will metro stop at dulles airport. -- where to build the metro stop. in the meantime u.s. transportation secretary ray lahood is trying to find a compromise to the rail debacle. local officials allocate the money to pay for it all. the $5 billion project is one of the most expensive construction projects in the country. >> having that discussion and dialogue is important. that is what would be needed to make a good decision. >> the compromise includes stripping several elements of the project from we note -- the mwaa control. >> i think you can save money and built above ground, i think that makes more sense. >> the mwaa airport authority had a meeting today, but they passed to talk about the compromise we are talking about opting to talk about it later this month. natasha barrett, abc7 news. >> thanks natasha. >>> a plea of not guilty after a grand jury certification four voluntary manslaughter charges against kin yiu cheung, who admitted to police he fell asleep behind the wheel just before a crash. it was said that
the national mall this weekend. there is plenty to see there and this weekend, the big draw is the smithsonian folk-like festival. here's a closer look at what makes this free festival so darn popular. >> reporter: thousands of people descended on the national mall. the smithsonian life festival, 45 years strong. the event is held for two weeks every summer, overlapping with the 4th of july holiday. this year's festival includes three in the program. one features the cultural traditions of columbia looking at communities throughout columbia and the way they work with nature to express their culture and another program we're presenting is on regime and&blues and the third program presents the peace corpses for the 50th anniversary. >> and there is something for everyone whether there is food, rides or music -- [ indiscernible ] >> reporter: there are plenty of locals in the crowd but this crowd is known for attracting visitors from all over the world. >> where are you from? new york. >> columbia. >> india. >> chattanooga, tennessee. >> and the draw? the cultural experience. >> it's very hands-o
and the president addressed, you know, the budget, entitlements, supposedly entitlement reform. instead he got a big slap in the face. paul ryan was not sitting back on his heels waiting for someone tolls lead. guess what else he got from the white house for doing that big slap in the face and disrespected as he sat and watched the president. that's how they deal with people. >> another example today, laura. senator mcconnell took president obama up on his challenge and said please come over and they said it's not a conversation worth having? >> laura: two fundraisers today, dana. the business of campaigning seems to trump the business. >> they better look out because the ads that others are putting forward are a lot better than the messaging coming out of the entire administration. shep. >> laura: meanwhile joe trippi. people in the republican field scoring pretty big numbers who haven't even announced they are going to be in the race. like governor perry of texas and even giuliani gets some numbers. what gives there? i think romney is doing a lot of things right but i think there are other folks t
: while the economy added 6,000 manufactures job, that's a drop in a very big bucket. >> the data is lousy. >> reporter: the president called congressional leaders back to the white house on sunday to break the stalemate over the debt ceiling and government spending. democrats and republicans are united on one point, they don't like what they're hearing so far. >> we are not going to reduce the deficit or subsidize tax cuts for the rich on the backs of america's seen yorsz a eseni families. >> there is no agreement in private or in public and as the presented sa president said yesterday, we are this far apart. >> reporter: they're predicting bottom lines but not breakthroug breakthroughs. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> it is the end of an era for nasa. and one giant question mark for mankind. >> two, one, zero, and liftoff, the final liftoff of "atlantis" on the shoulders of the space shuttle america will continue the dream. >> reporter: the 135th and final shuttle mission hungered from kennedy space center yesterday on a 12 day trip to the international space station. once "atlant
that president obama told congressional leaders in the room last night that he still wants the big deal. $4 trillion in deficit reduction over the next 10 years. speaker john boehner says he wants to, too. but there's in path to get there. the clock is ticking. the major sticking point, whether it's a large part of tax reform, wages on top wage earners go up. it could not take the heat from his republican caucus. >> we have got to be able to deliver on this promise. >> reporter: republicans say that the problem is president obama has been unable to bring his own party around to own entitlement spending that he put on the table. tick tock. the goal is to reach an agreement in the next couple of weeks so that the law can be written and passed before the deadline of august 2nd, that's when the federal government is slated to run out of money. the immediate result, checks might be cut for social security payments, benefits. salaries for military families. . stock market could dive, perhaps as much as 9%. or roughly 8$800 billion. some of it from your retirement savings. interest rates for the u
are accounted for right now. we're still working to confirm that. elizabeth, you have been there. a big tourist destination. >> the water there is very deep and attracts a lot of deep-sea fishing. >>> elizabeth, now, to the latest on the explosive closing arguments in the casey anthony trial. a trial that has transfixed with some bizarre turns. judge belvin perry took the step of halting proceedings as the opposing attorneys lost their collective cool. >> reporter: good morning, josh. those closing arguments were rieflting. full of twists and turns. at one point the judge threatened to throw boft attorneys off the case and there's more to come this morning. >> there wasn't piece of duct tape over caylee's face. there were three. overlapping at angles. >> reporter: if you believe the prosecution, casey anthony was a party girl who wanted freedom at any cost. >> and she died because her mother decided that the life that she wanted was more important. >> reporter: if you believe the defense, she was a victim. >> casey reacts the way she does and lies because of the environment that she was brought
>>> this is fox 5 news at 10:00. >>> fox 5 is all over the big stories tonight. a virginia mother facing charges after prosecutors say she forgot her child in a hot van. tonight we're learning it may not have been the first time. >>> a frightening new warning, terrorists could be plotting to have bombs implanted in their bodies ready to go off at any moment. >>> and our fox 5 undercover investigation found a disturbing tr ng t drop off in specific communities. >>> but we begin tonight with the story that has a lot of people talking. a mother charged with murder for allegedly forgetting her child in a hot van. thanks for joining us. i'm laura evans in for brian tonight. >> i'm shawn yancy. according to prosecutors, this is not the first time she's left her child behind. fox 5's stacey cohan is working the> 40-year-old laura murphy w described as a pillar of community, involved in the girl scouts with her two older daughter, but her actions the morning of june 17th and on a previous january day may send her to jail. the murphy family lives in this well kept bristow community. severa
injected clemens with steroids and human growth hormone. there were some big names on the possibly witness list including barry bonds and mark mcguire and clemens' manager and joy torre. right now, jury selection continues. potential jurors are being asked about their knowledge of the witness. the judge in this case is hoping to have a jury selected today. >>> right now, president obama is pressing consciousal leaders to bend in their debt negotiations. the president is meeting with top leaders of both parties at the white house this hour. according to "the washington post," he'll propose democrats accept major changes to social security and medicare. in change, the president will ask republicans to move off their no new taxes position. eric cantor says he's willing to trade some loopholes for other compromises. >> president insinuated that is a priority for him to plug the corporate jet loophole and i said, fine, plug the loophole, just make sure there's off setting texse setting tax cuts somewhere else. >> president obama is also pushing congress to reach a deal within two weeks to raise
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